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Presidential Debate Moderators Are Feeling The Heat Like Never Before

Voters -- and many journalists -- are increasingly concerned that TV networks will let candidates' lies slide.<p>NEW YORK ― For Lester Holt and his TV journalist colleagues who are moderating the upcoming presidential debates, the opportunity to question the future commander in chief in front of tens …

135 Free Philosophy eBooks

<b>Boethius -</b> Consolation of Philosophy<p><b>Burke, Edmund</b> - On the Sublime and Beautiful<p><b>Camus, Albert</b> - The Stranger<p><b>Carroll, Lewis</b> - Symbolic Logic<p><b>Carroll,</b> …

The Gun Violence Stats the NRA Doesn't Want You to Consider

When I was a kid growing up in New York City I kept my eyes on a neighborhood gang whose older members, when it came to violence and lawlessness, put the feared Westies of Hell's Kitchen to shame. In fact, the Westies contracted out their hits to this bunch, whose SOP was to haul the victim up to …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Sea Ghost! Scientists Spot Deepest Living Fish in Mariana Trench

Researchers say they have spotted the deepest living fish ever found — a sea ghost of a snailfish that floated past their video camera at a depth of 26,716 feet (8,143 meters) in the Mariana Trench.<p>The expedition team, led by University of Hawaii marine scientists Jeff Drazen and Patty Fryer, say …

Fish

Countdown to extinction: There are only 5 northern white rhinos left in the world

The death of a rhino in San Diego this weekend puts the species one step closer to being wiped out entirely<p>One of the world's six remaining northern white rhinos died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, U-T San Diego reports, leaving the species just five members away from …

Sony suspends film shoots after hackers hit payments

The attack by hackers suspected of having links with North Korea, has taken most of Sony Pictures’ computers offline and left it unable to process payments<p>The Hollywood studio that made the James Bond and Spider-Man films has abandoned film shoots after hackers paralysed its computer network, and …

At Christmas party, Bachmann tells Obama to bomb Iran

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann had some parting advice for President Barack Obama at the White House Christmas Party: Bomb Iran.<p>The Minnesota Republican told the Washington Free Beacon in a story published Thursday that she gave the President her two cents this week right after her family took …

The Militarized Divide

This shattered nation.<p>"Eric Garner was overweight and in poor health. He was a nuisance to shop owners who complained about him selling untaxed cigarettes on the street. When police came to arrest him, he resisted. And if he could repeatedly say, 'I can't breathe,' it means he could breathe."<p>And, …

There are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean

Major study sheds new light on the world's plastics problem<p>Researchers have found that more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are floating in the world's oceans, with a combined weight of nearly 269,000 tons. In a major study published this week in the journal <i>PLoS One</i>, scientists from the US, …

Pentagon gives California police grenade launchers, snowshoes

Southern California is mired in more than three years of drought, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is prepared for snowy conditions after it received 1,600 parkas for camouflage, 500 snowshoes and 132 snow trousers in March from the U.S. Department of Defense.<p>The gear was listed in …

Mexico missing students: Pena Nieto visits Guerrero

<b>Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has visited Guerrero state for the first time since students disappeared at the hands of local police.</b><p>However Mr Pena Nieto did not visit the town of Iguala, where the 43 students were taken in September.<p>He sent his interior minister and national security chief …

US court: Chimpanzees have no human rights

In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court has rejected an animal rights advocate's attempt to extend "legal personhood" to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights.<p>A five-judge panel of the Albany court on …

Left-Handed People Work Harder but Earn Less than Righties

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In sports, being left-handed can be quite the advantage. Especially when opponents are most familiar with the movements of …

GOP aide quits after criticizing Obama daughters

Elizabeth Lauten, the Republican congressional aide who faced a backlash after sharply criticizing the first daughters, has resigned.<p>Lauten told NBC News that “she is ‘resigning today’ following her comments about Sasha and Malia Obama,” according to a tweet from an NBC News Capitol Hill …

Mexico releases 11 protesters from prison after international outcry

Eleven people arrested in recent anti-government demonstrations and sent to maximum-security prisons have been released without charges after their detention created an international uproar.<p>A 12th person arrested separately in connection with the same case was also freed, and publicly denounced …

Amnesty International

Correction: Ebola-Omaha Patient-Memorial story

LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (AP) — In a story Nov. 29 about the funeral of a doctor who died of Ebola, The Associated Press reported erroneously the age of …

A Juniata College senior, following Thoreau, is living in a hut in the woods

Independent study in college can be an isolating affair, but Dylan Miller is taking matters to extremes. Determined not to simply phone in his …

New York man collecting food for needy killed as thief steals his car | Reuters

(Reuters) - A Long Island, New York, man collecting food for a soup kitchen was killed when a car thief stole his car from outside a convenience store and ran him over, police said on Saturday.<p>Before dawn on Friday, Dionel Ramirez parked his Hyundai car in the lot at a 7-Eleven store in North Bay …

From broken homes to a broken system | The Washington Post

Published on November 28, 2014<p>PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — She sits alone in a cinder-block cell, an Oglala Lakota teenager with a long braid and tattoos. For five months she has been locked up on this remote prairie reservation for drinking and disorderly conduct.<p>When she behaves, she can …

US boys freed after being 'buried alive' in snow for seven hours

Nine and 11-year-old cousins said they could hear their worries families when they were trapped in an air pocket<p>Two American boys have been rescued after being trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them.<p>Police said an air pocket had saved their lives.<p>The two cousins, …

Rare optimism ahead of climate talks in Lima

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Energized by new targets set by China and the United States, the world's top climate polluters, U.N. global warming talks resume …

Giraffes may be headed for extinction | Salon.com

Although several organizations have committed work toward protecting giraffes, conservation efforts, as a whole, have lagged behind. Even the GCF, which works throughout the species’s range, did not have any full-time employees until this year. Now they have exactly one, its executive director, …

Billy Joel denies WH smoke with Obama

Billy Joel confirms that he talked about smoking with one top Washington lawmaker — but denies having a cigarette with President Obama at the White …

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming …

Flournoy withdraws from consideration as US defence secretary - report

Hopes of a first female American defence secretary end as Michele Flournoy withdraws from running<p>The woman who was widely tipped as the front-runner to become America's first female defence secretary has asked that she not be considered for the post, it was reported last night.<p>Michele Flournoy, who …

Federal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, …